Exhibition: 20 Nov 2008 – 10 Jan 2009
Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
SW3 3TD London
Mon-Fri 9:30-18, Sat 10:30-17
This November, Michael Hoppen Contemporary is pleased to announce a new exhibition of work by one of Japan's greatest artists, Nobuyoshi Araki. The gallery will present a series of handmade, one-off diptychs, never before seen in the UK. Araki's Hana Kinbaku works are photographic diptych studies of flowers (hana) and bondage (kinbaku- the ancient and highly skilled art of Japanese erotic restraint). In this body of work, Araki physically, and imperfectly, tapes the images into diptychs, accentuating the join between subject matter and adding an extra layer of texture to each individual piece. The juxtaposition of bound female semi-nudes and intense close ups of orchids, tulips and chrysanthemums strengthen the beauty of Kinbaku whilst reinforcing the innate sexuality of flowers. The work links Araki's two main photographic themes; Eros (life/ sex) and Thanatos (death), conjoining them in a way that has a strong and direct visual impact. The decision by Araki to only print one of each coupled image enhances the intrinsic themes of life and death. The pieces are exceptional and one-off works of art, and each will be sold with its own original transparency laminated between perspex, so no further copy will ever be created. For collectors this is a rare opportunity to own a matchless Araki work of art. Michael Hoppen Contemporary specialise in Japanese photography and are delighted to be working be working with Nobuyoshi Araki and his studio in Tokyo for this exhibition.